https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117812/eight_col_SthAkl3.jpg?1613770216 Another South Auckland outbreak of Covid-19 has community support workers concerned about the impact it’s having on the mental health of its young people. From left; Meleofa Talakai, Matai Liava’a, Maria Murare, Ana Mosa’ati, Sarah Laai and Ali Fayyaz Photo: LDR/ Justin Latif Maria Murare, Matai Liava’a and Meleofa Talakai are among a group of 11 and 12-year-olds I met at Māngere Central School to discuss how they’ve been coping with the latest lockdown. My enduring impression is that they are an articulate, confident group of young people who are also feeling in the dark about what the latest outbreak may mean. They say the announcement last Sunday was a major shock and despite the move back to level 2, they are still anxious about the virus not being under control. “It’s good to be back but we should be more cautious,” Liava’a said. “It’s hard to believe we’ve ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Shazna-Muzammil.jpg Source:Island Shazna Muzammil, daughter of Uva Governor A.J.M. Muzammil is contesting the 2021 Milton Keynes Council elections in the UK. Family sources told The Island that Shazna won nomination from the Conservative Party. The area Shazna seeks to represent covers Denbigh East, Fenny Stratford, Water Eaton, Lakes Estate and Milton Keynes. The election is set for May 6 Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/127663/eight_col_hospital.jpg?1507229116 A union for doctors and dentists is warning all DHBs are at a tipping point, caused by entrenched short staffing and underfunding. File photo. Photo: 123RF It comes as the Capital and Coast DHB is reporting they are at capacity, and now facing having to delay surgeries. Executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Sarah Dalton said all DHBs across the country were facing different pinch points. “It’s critical,” she said. “The extent of unmet need in New Zealand is massive, and we’re also facing really high levels of fatigue and burnout across our medical and dental workforce. “We really need to look after the people we do have who are here working their guts out, while we develop a really solid recruitment and retention plan through a workforce census.” The problem goes back further than Covid-19, and its associated impacts, but she said that that hadn’t ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Sahan-Weerasekara.jpg Sahan Weerasekara Source:Dailynews Sri Lankan umpire Sahan Weerasekara, now based in Melbourne, Australia had the honour of officiating in his 150th match in the Cricket Victoria Premier Tournament. The former old boy of St. Benedict’s College, is presently a Grade ‘A’ cricket umpire in the Victoria State. Earlier, he was a first-level umpire in Western Australia having started his umpiring career in 2012. Weerasekera had the opportunity of officiating in the Victoria State T20 Cricket Tournament final and also officiated in three State finals. He is presently attached to the Victorian State Cricket Institute as an experienced umpire and is also involved in conducting sessions to promote new cricket umpires. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117797/eight_col_Image3.JPG?1613710482 Today’s vaccine rollout marks a crucial step in defeating Covid-19, a vaccine expert says, providing a chance “to beat this thing back”. A vaccinator prepares one of New Zealand’s first Covid-19 vaccinations in Auckland yesterday. Photo: Supplied / Ministry of Health Vaccine jabs are being given to the country’s border and managed isolation and quarantine workers, starting today and continuing for several weeks. The immunisation of 12,000 people begins in Auckland, then Wellington on Monday and Christchurch on Wednesday, before the rest of the country. Yesterday around 25 of the nurses who are giving the vaccines were immunised with their first dose. Helen Petousis-Harris Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Auckland University vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris said today is a key point in the pandemic fightback. “I think it sort of marks the beginning of the end really of this nightmare. It’s not over yet – it’s going to take a ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Dilip-Selvam.jpg Dilip Selvam Source:Dailynews To engage in the game of rugby one must maintain a good physique including endurance and stamina. Some players who chose their career with weightlifting and Body Building later turn out to be quality rugby players due to their fitness and the body structure. Dilip Selvam was one of them who was very particular about his body shape and decided to compete in the game of rugby while representing another sporting discipline. Dilip Selvam is a former ruggerite who lives in Melbourne Australia. He comes from a humble family of three brothers Dinesh, Dishan, John and a sister Angela. He was born in 1981 His mother was late Selvarani Rasiah and father is Sebastian Selvam. He had the support from his parents to excel in the field of rugby and fitness. Sports have played a key role in his life. His main inspiration to play rugby ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116973/eight_col_000_92687N.jpg?1612380434 Health officials believe they will not be able to persuade about 10 percent of the population to get a Covid-19 vaccine. At the very front of the queue for the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine roll out this weekend are are cleaners, nurses and security staff from Auckland’s Jet Park quarantine hotel. Photo: AFP A new survey by the Ministry of Health shows the majority of people are keen but there is a group on the fence who are not confident the vaccine is safe. Border workers will this weekend roll back their sleeves for their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but the ministry’s study showed about a quarter of the rest of the population was not so keen. Of that group, 16 percent said they would outright refuse. Auckland University School of Population Health professor Chris Bullen said the group that remained undecided was where health officials would focus. ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/255724/eight_col_Capture_%281%29.jpg?1613539363 Papatoetoe High School principal Vaughan Couillault says the school community is hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. The school is the exception to the reduction in alert levels announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield this afternoon.  Students and their families are being asked to stay home, and return a negative Covid-19 test before returning to school on Monday. “We’re closed for the remainder of this week,” Couillault told RNZ’s Checkpoint. “That’s probably to allow the testing station to remain in play onsite unencumbered by the happenings of a large secondary school.” The pop-up testing centre at the school will remain until Sunday 21 February. Some students would need to get retested, he said, but he did not have granular information about that. Dr Bloomfield clarified during today’s alert levels announcement that retesting would apply to classmates of the original case and teachers ...

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